Solid mid-afternoon run up Boulder's Green Mountain -- good enough for a 10 second PR.
Distance: 6:52 miles
Weather: Cloudy & Humid
I was eager to run today after mis-firing on the long run yesterday. Planned Sunday to do a long run in the Mt. Evans Wilderness, but by the time I got to Echo Lake to begin, it was pouring rain with no signs to the west that the dense, gray cloud bank would break up anytime soon. Just couldn't bear a wet, cold run. Returned to the east side of Squaw Pass (which has, thankfully, been renamed, but I can't remember to what) and parked at the lower entrance to the Beaver Brook parcel, which is now mostly part of the Arapaho National Forest. I walked around the gate and started running. I got, maybe,15 yards and stopped. I just wasn't into it. Went home.
Fast forward to Monday. Time for a little redemption. A solid run up Green Mountain is just the thing to get the mountain running mojo back in swing.
Started running from Chautauqua right around 2 p.m. Despite the gray skies, there were a ton of people milling around as I set off running over to the Gregory Canyon trailhead. After a quick pit stop, I hit the watch and started up Gregory, hitting the ranger cabin in 16:57. From there, it was just a steady grind up to the four-way in 35:17. Ran hard on the flatish section up to the first major set of stairs and settled into a hand-on-knees power climb.
As I approached the summit, I could hear a voice, but couldn't see anyone since I had my head down. Still looking at my feet, I got to the summit rock and immediately the voice was joined by a full-on yapping accompaniment. A guy and his dog had commandeered the summit rock. Too focused to care about the noisy pup and its relatively small mouth of teeth, I paused for a couple seconds as the guy pulled the dog to the side and I completed the climb, clicking the watch (after several tries) at 38:38, a new PR by about 10 seconds. Not huge...but, I'll take it.
The guy apologized for his overly-enthusiastic dog as I caught my breath. Once my heart rate returned to normal, I returned down the summit trail back to the four-way and took Ranger down to Greenman and hung a right. I got in a bit more vertical climbing Greenman to Saddle. Pressed for time, I cruised quickly down Saddle to Ampi and returned through the Chautauqua meadow to the car.
Today was a very humid day, for Colorado. Felt great to sweat so much without the oppressive humidity so common east of the 100th meridian.